Allagash Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash BlackAllagash Black
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.

Added by Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,646
Reviews:
725
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
574
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,646 |  Reviews: 725
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black indeed. Big creamy head that stays for a loooong time.

S: Smells a lot like a belgian style. Some funky earthy notes. Very interesting.

T: Typical belgian notes being very earty and funky but also some good roastiness. Very well balanced and not what you would expect from a stout. A unique blend. Bitterness is a little off..

M: Medium body. Nice flavor development. Carbonation is in check.

Overall a very nice beer. Unique in many aspects and it handles them and very well. The problem is, I had the burbon barrel aged version of this beer which (if I am not mistaken) is my favorite beer of all. So.... this non aged version is very nice but definately get the barrel aged version if you can.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of AdamBear
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.

S-smokiness, Belgian spices, somewhat funky. All extremely faint. Can almost barely smell anything at all really.

T-comes in with a decent taste of dark spices, dark roasted cocoa, and a good smokiness. It even has somewhat of an underlying chocolate flavor to it as well. It has a good matching and long lastit after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty good stout/dark Belgian. I'd say this is definitely more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA. The flavors aren't very strong. They're subtle and complex. A really decent beer. Something I recommend to go out and try

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MrIncognito
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemless wine glass

A - Black body with dark auburn edges as the light shines through. Two-finger tan head that fades in a couple minutes.

S - One of the coolest and most interesting aromas to date. Strong Belgian yeast aroma followed by dark chocolate and mocha. Semi-sweet especially as the beer warms with a bit of brown sugar.

T - Very much like the aroma with a nice mix of Belgian yeast and stout flavors. Full bodied without being at all heavy. Alcohol is unnoticable for the most part until the beer reaches about room temperature. Sweeter as it warms as well with brown sugar and sweet alcohol coming through. Not overly coffee-flavored which I really appreciate.

M - Very smooth with little carbonation. Coats the mouth well without being sticky.

O - I really enjoyed this and it was highly drinkable. Smooth and full of flavor

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mpedara429
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out black with two fingers of tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast and sweet caramel.

T: Very Belgian with raisin, clove, and banana flavors. A hint of roasted malt.

M: Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: Unique, yes, but the Belgian yeast is overpowering for me in this one. I like a good stout and a good dark Belgian ale, but this does not seem proportionate in my mind. The stouty aspects are very subtle and I would've liked to have seen more of them present.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a dark black body with an off-white medium density head that reduces to an airy film of foam and leaves some very sticky, strong lacing.

S- This is a unique type of beer with an equally unique aroma. On the nose I'm getting a 50/50 combination of a toasted-malt stout aroma with a wheaty, banana, clovelike belgian style aroma. It's almost as if you made a black and tan with an oatmeal stout and Allagash White.

T- Equally as complex as the aroma. Upfront I'm getting the belgian notes, specifically unripe banana, clove, and wheat. This fades after a few seconds into the deep, roasty, dark chocolate characteristics of a good stout. I can sum the taste of this brew up by comparing it to semi-sweet chocolate covered bananas.

M- Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Leaves a tasty film of roasty malt bitterness on the tongue.

Overall, I can confidently pronounce this brew as one of the most complex and delicious ones I've ever tried. I can't place this into one category, though. It has all the great characteristics of a belgian while keeping that robust backbone of a stout. Allagash did a great job on this one to create a unique, tasty, balance belgian style stout. This is a must try and i'd recommend.

A dangerously drinkable brew for the AVB that demands another sip.. or gulp.

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Allagash Black from Allagash Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,646 ratings.
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